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April 8—15, 2024

Warsaw

The Tales of Hoffmann


The Red Shoes was a revolutionary work combining cinema and ballet, so why not make a film that would – in an even more radical way – synthesise cinema and opera? The Archers’ final masterpiece is a marvellous oddity: an adaptation of Jacques Offenbach’s 1881 opera imbued with E.T.A. Hoffmann’s fanciful imagination. Essentially produced as a silent film, with actors singing and dancing to pre-recorded music, it brought together much of the cast of The Red Shoes: Moira Shearer, Ludmilla Tchérina, Robert Helpmann, and Léonide Massine. The set design and costumes provide an ephemeral setting, in which Hoffmann falls in love with three women and loses the ability to differentiate between art and life. The film is a sensual homage to opera and a fairy tale for adults who want to immerse themselves in colourful, whimsical set pieces. Several expressive filmmakers worship Powell and Pressburger’s experiment: reportedly, Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and Raging Bull would have looked totally different, and George A. Romero might not have reached for the camera without its influence.

Sebastian Smoliński

Restored in 4K by The Film Foundation and the BFI National Archive in association with Studiocanal. Restoration funding was provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Franco-American Cultural Fund, The Film Foundation, and the Louis B. Mayer Foundation.

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DATE

April 10, 2024

TIME

3:15 PM

VENUE

Kino Iluzjon Stolica

COPY / OTHERS

DATE

April 13, 2024

TIME

4:00 PM

VENUE

Kino Muranów Gerard

COPY / OTHERS

ENGLISH TITLE

The Tales of Hoffmann

ORIGINAL TITLE

The Tales of Hoffmann

LANGUAGE

English

SUBTITLES

Polish

SECTION

DIRECTOR

DURATION

133 min

YEAR

1951

COUNTRY

SALES

Tamasa

TRIGGER WARNING

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PRODUCER

Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

PRODUCTION

The Archers

CAST

Moira Shearer, Robert Helpmann, Léonide Massine, Robert Rounseville

SCREENPLAY

Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Christopher Challis (colour)

EDITING

Reginald Mills

SCORE

Jacques Offenbach

COSTUME DESIGN

Ivy Baker, Hein Heckroth

ART DIRECTION

Arthur Lawson

DECADE

AWARDS

Exceptional prize (1951 Cannes Film Festival), Silver Bear for best musical (1951 Berlin International Film Festival)

EDITION